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Call to Artists. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today?

Coronavirus is impacting every aspect of our lives. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today — social distancing, shelter in place or anxiety around a new virus?

For example, artistic photographs of families playing games; paintings related to events not occurring; or journaling on coronavirus and then creating poetry, writing songs, painting, drawing, or capturing photos specifically based on your journal entry.

This can be a time to create art directly related to your feelings during this time of hardship, anxiety, sickness, isolation, or very challenging change. Stay tuned — if this creates a body of work to show, the NWMAC may create a future exhibit around this theme — and stay safe!  

What are you creating?

Call for Art Exhibits at Minnesota State Capitol Gallery

Call issued for art exhibits in Minnesota State Capitol Gallery
The Minnesota Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee is looking for Minnesota artists or organizations who would like to display their work in the Capitol’s gallery space, located on the third floor of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Proposed exhibits may be in any visual medium, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fabric, paper, book arts, printmaking, or any performance medium, including dance, music, spoken word, storytelling, or any other form of artistic expression that can be reasonably and appropriately accommodated in the Capitol.

Legislation passed in 2018 established parameters for art to be considered by the committee. Art exhibits should “tell Minnesota stories and engage people to: (1) reflect on Minnesota history, (2) understand Minnesota government, (3) recognize the contributions of Minnesota’s diverse peoples, (4) inspire citizen engagement, and (5) appreciate the varied landscapes of Minnesota.”  Proposals will need to meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible.

No compensation will be provided to artists or art organizations for display of their work, and sales of works are prohibited while on display in the Capitol.

Applicants may apply at http://bit.ly/Capitolart, and are asked to submit images of their proposed work via cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Adobe CC or similar. 

Those with limited access to the Internet may request a hard copy of the application form by contacting
Vic Thorstenson at victor.thorstenson@state.mn.us or (651) 201-2770.
Hard copy forms and electronic or hard copy images may be submitted in mail or delivered in person to:
MN Capitol Art Advisory Committee, 50 Sherburne Avenue, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55155, Attn: Vic Thorstenson.

The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2020.

Call for Art: Water 2020

What: A region-wide biennial, Water 2020: A Minnesota Biennial, open to people currently based in the state and displaced indigenous people whose nations originated in Mni Sóta Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), with subsequent venues to be announced.
When: May 7 – September 6, 2020, with subsequent exhibition dates to be announced.
Application period: November 7 – January 27, 2020 (11:59pm CST).

Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), located on traditional, ancestral, and contemporary homelands of the Dakhóta, announces a call to artists for a juried, region-wide biennial focused on the theme of water, May 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020.

Imni Za Ska, now known as Saint Paul, Minnesota is a place name which refers to the white bluffs along the Mississippi River. This water body is a life-giving force which runs a mere block from our space. The M’s proximity to this complex and storied river system is a reminder of the flowing of water from one community to the next and of the fact that every aspect of our lives is dependent on water. We come from water.

The river also speaks to colonial settler violence. Sacred to its original stewards, the river served as the dividing line for colonizing acts by the United States that removed indigenous people from their lands. Once pristine, the river has been polluted, and ecosystems disrupted by mills and subsequent industry and habitation. As climate change continues to intensify, disparities in access to clean and abundant water along lines of race, class, and gender have become defining issues of our time.

The M invites artists connected to the lakes, marshes, streams, rivers, and groundwaters of our region to submit work in any media that engages these issues, including those who seek to foster appreciation and care for these water systems through their art. With this biennial, the M seeks to highlight the important role artists across the rural and urban communities in our region are playing in fostering conversation, awareness, and new ways of thinking about water through ecological, social, political, historical, creative, and aesthetic lenses. We welcome collaborative approaches that broaden conversations for the many constituents that rely on the river in one form or another. We welcome applicants who do creative work but do not identify as artists.

This 2020 biennial revives and builds on the M’s tradition of surveying contemporary artistic practices in the state of Minnesota. In recognition of their historical, spiritual, and personal connection to the land and water, as well as their history of displacement from this region, we encourage indigenous peoples whose nations originated in this area to bring their voices to this exhibition regardless of their current location. The opportunity is also open to artists currently based in Minnesota.

The exhibition will be juried by a panel that includes Matthew Fluharty, a visual artist, writer, and Executive Director of Art of the Rural; Dakota Hoska, Assistant Curator of Native Arts the Denver Art Museum; Laura Joseph, Curator of Exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art; and Jovan C. Speller, a visual artist, curator, and Program Director at Metro Regional Arts Council.

The M aims to make this opportunity accessible. If there is something that we can do to make it easier to apply, please feel free to email or call Laura Joseph (ljoseph@mmaa.org; 651.797.2853). We welcome all suggestions and requests.

In addition to offering one-on-one support, the M will host a series of workshops for artists needing assistance with their application. Watch for dates and information on our website mmaa.org/events and on social media.

Minnesota Museum of American Art is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota, with roots stretching back to the 19th century. Based in Saint Paul, the M currently holds more than 5,000 artworks that showcase the unique voices of American artists, guided by the belief that art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience. The M opened its new museum facility in the Historic Pioneer Endicott in December 2018 and has plans to expand further, with additional galleries scheduled to open in 2021.

For more information about the M, visit mmaa.org, or follow @mnmuseum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Application requirements: 

The M requests artists submit digital images/files of original, existing artwork via the application portal at water2020-aminnesotabiennial.artcall.org for consideration. The M will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in exhibition publicity. Beyond such use, the artist retains full copyright of exhibited work. All entries need to be of EXISTING work.

Submitting an entry indicates that, should it be selected, you agree to make your work available by the specified date, for the full duration of the exhibition and for the exhibition tour (venues and dates to be announced).

  • There is a limit of five artwork submissions per artist or artist collaborative.
  • Artists may submit one image for each work. For artists who wish to submit an alternate view or a detail image, please incorporate both views as a side-by-side comparison in one image file.
  • Original attachment filenames are discarded, as all filenames are automatically renamed on upload.
  • Submission attachments must be under 4 mb and a maximum of 4800px on the longest side.
  • Users can upload the following image based file types as long as they are under 4mb file size: jpg and png.
  • Users can upload the following additional file formats as long as they are under 25mb file size: mp3, mp4, mov, and pdf.
  • Submission attachments are permanently resized into 3 separate sizes (regardless of the original size): 100px, 1080px, maximum saved dimension setting (1920px by default).
  • Please complete all required fields including: physical dimensions, description, title, date, and media.
  • Along with images, artists must submit an artist statement (500 words max). Your artist statement should give an overall sense of your submitted work and the concepts and questions that drive it. Tell us what it is, how you made it, and why you made it.
  • Accepted artwork must be the actual artwork as seen in the submitted images. 
  • The M will arrange for pickup and return of the artwork. 


This video provides a tutorial about the submission process.
Here is some guidance about photographing your work for submission.


November 7, 2019: Application call opens.
January 27, 2020: Application deadline (11:59pm CST).
February 18, 2020: Notification of selection (or artwork selected) emailed to artists.
February 24, 2020: Accepted artists submit bio and high-res images.
April 1 – April 16, 2020: Artwork picked up by museum staff. May 7, 2020: Exhibition opens at the M.
May 8, 2020: Reception and Juror’s Talk (tentative date).
September 6, 2020: Exhibition closes.
Touring venues and dates to be announced.

Public Art Mural Opportunity for the Blandin Foundation


Public Art Mural Opportunity

Request for Qualifications

Blandin Foundation has contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate a call for an artist/team to design and create a mural on the outside of the Blandin Foundation building. Artists are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the public art opportunity described below.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a mission to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Their vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.


Be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.


Healthy, inclusive rural communities.


As stewards of the Blandin Foundation legacy, they commit themselves to a leadership role on these deeply held beliefs:

Inclusion is Vital – We recognize all people, voices and world views as essential to healthy community.

Relationships Matter – We encourage courageous dialogue, trust, and reciprocity among partners to create positive change.

Integrity is Core – Our actions are guided by honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.

Blandin Foundation has proudly made its home in Itasca County (north central Minnesota) for more than 75 years. This region was the “wood basket” of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles Blandin in the early 20th Century. We continue to stand with Itasca area communities as they design and claim vibrant futures in the 21st Century.

Blandin Foundation’s “home giving area” is Itasca County, plus Blackduck, Hill City, Northome, and Remer, and would like to honor these communities on the outside of their building. This mural will be highly visible, as the wall on Blandin Foundation building faces a major entry point into the city of Grand Rapids and highway 169, which sees heavy vehicle traffic. The building also sits on the edge of the Mississippi River, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This Request for Qualifications is for an outdoor mural on the Blandin Foundation building, to be unveiled in fall of 2019.

Blandin Foundation would like to use this public art initiative to reflect the values on which it is based, honor the communities it serves, and reflect the identities of smaller, rural communities. One artist/team will be commissioned to create a mural which will be located on the outside of the building.

Budget: $70,000 [plus $1000 to 3 finalist artists/teams to present their design ideas in person].

Qualifications are due Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4pm CST. 

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams. 
  • Lead artist must have professional qualifications to complete a mural project of this scale. Additional team members may have a variety of experiences.
  • At least one member of the team must be currently based in the Grand Rapids area.
  • Applicant/team must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: jenk@ forecastpublicart.org. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or furtherinformation, contact Jen Krava, Forecast Creative Services Manager, at jenk@forecastpublicart.org

Call For Artists: New Sanford Medical Center Fargo

New Sanford Medical Center Fargo
Seeks Local Art to Enhance Healing

Submissions for the project are due no later than 

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

healhandFARGO, N.D. – Construction is well underway on the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo. In conjunction with this work, Sanford Health is initiating a Call for Artists (CFA). Sanford aims to enhance its healing environment by incorporating health care appropriate artwork, as it invests in the health and well-being of its patients and the communities it serves.

The CFA is open to artists residing in Sanford’s geographic footprint (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, portions of Montana, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska) whose art meets the required criteria. Oland Arts Consulting, on behalf of Sanford Health, is seeking responses to this CFA and will assist in managing the art procurement for this project. Priority consideration will be given to artists residing in the region served by Sanford Medical Center Fargo. Both existing and commissioned artwork in a variety of mediums will be considered.Submissions for the project are due no later than Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

“Local art can be a powerful tool in enhancing the patient experience,” said Roberta Young, chief nurse executive, Sanford Medical Center Fargo. “Integrating art into our building design is a vital part of completing the innovative process of creating a healing environment for patients, employees and visitors.”

The architecture and interior design of the new medical center will be representative of “The Sanford Look,” which is inspired by elements of collegiate gothic design. The artwork should enhance and harmonize with this design theme and interior finishes, as well as evoke positive feelings and themes. Research has shown that art can help reduce stress and offer the possibility of improved patient outcomes when art is health care appropriate. Traditional and contemporary styles of artwork will be considered equally, as will representational works and highly relatable symbolic works. Abstract works, aggressive styles, dark shadows and colors, stormy skies, somber and desolate landscapes or confrontational figurative images will not be accepted.

Construction for the Sanford Medical Center Fargo began in June 2013 and is slated to be complete in 2017. This $494 million, state-of-the-art building will give Fargo and the surrounding communities one million square feet of facilities focused on health and healing. The eleven floors will house 384 beds with specialties including Children’s, Heart, Women’s and others.

Artists interested in learning more about the project goals and themes, eligibility criteria and the submission process should visit http://olandarts.com/sanfordfargo/.

Additionally, Public Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 3 A/B at Sanford Southpointe Clinic, located at 2400 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. Please enter through Door B; the conference room can be found on third floor.

Please direct any and all questions related to this CFA to project manager, Ivy Oland, available atOlandArts@gmail.com and project assistant, Amber Bintliff, at Amber.OAC@gmail.com with “Sanford Fargo CFA” in the email subject line. All project information can be found atolandarts.com/SanfordFargo.